As Carl Edwards coasted to the pits with his car spewing smoke, Kyle Busch reasserted himself as the leader in a race he’d dominated. Greg Biffle gave it a shot, but there was no catching the No. 18 car on this day.
On lap 237, Carl Edwards powered around Matt Kenseth to take the lead for the final time, eventually scoring his second consecutive win at Las Vegas.
Carl Edwards took the green flag third on the final restart behind Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson, overtaking the No. 48 car with 13 laps to go at Fontana.
Tony Stewart might have landed a cheap shot on Kurt Busch, but Busch got the last laugh, pushing Ryan Newman to a win over the faster car of Stewart at Daytona.
Race One The Key Moment: Reed Sorenson teamed up with Dale Earnhardt Jr. on the final restart and the duo drove away from the field. Truthfully, as strong at the No. 88 car looked, Earnhardt probably didn’t need help. In a Nutshell: The cars might be OK, and the tires might be OK, but those …
Even though Dale Earnhardt Jr. had hung teammate Jimmie Johnson out to dry earlier, Johnson gave the No. 88 the push it needed to beat Tony Stewart at Daytona.
Matt Kenseth got enough of a jump on the final restart so that Kurt Busch could never get close enough to the No. 17 to offer a serious challenge at Homestead.
With 24 laps to go, Jimmie Johnson on new tires muscled his way past Martin Truex Jr. on worn tires and drove off into the sunset at Phoenix.
With two laps to go, Jimmie Johnson finally made the race-deciding pass on Matt Kenseth after a fiercely waged eight-lap battle at Texas.
The Key Moment: Dale Earnhardt Jr. lost a left-rear wheel off the No. 8 car moments after a green-white-checkered restart at Atlanta, sealing the win for race leader Jimmie Johnson. Honestly, he did – Johnson had gotten such a good jump that it was doubtful Carl Edwards would have caught him. In a Nutshell: Tepid processional racing …